City of Town And Country, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 205.010 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
The following words when used in this Chapter shall have the meanings set out herein.
DOGS OR CATS
All animals of the canine or feline species, both male and female.
OWNER OR KEEPER
Any person having a right of property in a dog or cat, or who keeps or harbors a dog or cat, or who has it in his/her care or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog or cat to remain on or about any premises owned or occupied by him/her.
RUNNING AT LARGE
Allowing a dog to be off the private premises of the owner or keeper, or his/her agent or servant, and not on a leash or confined to the arms, motor vehicle, trailer or other conveyance of the owner or keeper, his/her agent or servant.
TRESPASSER
A person upon the premises of the owner or keeper of the dog in question without license or privilege to be upon said premises.
UNRESTRAINED DOG
Any dog running at large, or a dog on the premises of its owner or keeper but not confined to said premises by a leash, fence, structure or other means that would prevent the dog from leaving such premises.

Section 205.020 (Reserved) [1]

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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 3689 §1, adopted August 14, 2012, repealed section 205.020 "vaccination and tag". This section has been reserved for the city's future use.

Section 205.030 Running At Large Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to permit the same to run at large within the City of Town and Country at any time.

Section 205.040 through Section 205.090. (Reserved) [1]

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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 3689 §1, adopted August 14, 2012, repealed section 205.040 "vicious dogs prohibited — exceptions — impoundment; section 205.050 "duty to impound"; section 205.060 "cost of impoundment; section 205.070 "notice of impoundment"; section 205.080 "reimbursement of costs"; and section 205.090 "term of impoundment". These sections have been reserved for the city's future use.

Section 205.100 Animal Neglect or Abandonment.

[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
A. 
A person is guilty of animal neglect when he/she has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care or adequate control which results in substantial harm to the animal.
B. 
A person is guilty of animal abandonment when he/she has knowingly abandoned an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
C. 
Animal neglect or animal abandonment are ordinance violations. For a first (1st) offense of either violation, a term of imprisonment not to exceed fifteen (15) days or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment may be imposed. For a second (2nd) or subsequent violation of either offense, a term of imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment may be imposed. All fines and penalties for a first (1st) conviction of animal neglect or animal abandonment may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal neglect or abandonment shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect or abandonment have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals may not be waived.
D. 
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section, the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect or animal abandonment to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
1. 
The care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals within the person's custody or ownership;
2. 
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
3. 
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect or abandonment; and
4. 
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect or abandonment of the animals.

Section 205.110 Animal Abuse. [1]

[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
A. 
A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
1. 
Intentionally or purposely kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of Sections 578.005 to 578.023 and 273.030, RSMo.;
2. 
Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or
3. 
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.
B. 
For purposes of this Section, "animal" shall be defined as a mammal.
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Note — Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.